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Writers Guild of America Partners with The Black List in Support of Screenwriters

The Writers Guild of America, East announces its partnership with The Black List, which lists the best unproduced screenplays from Hollywood each year, as chosen by industry execs. With this new partnership, WGAE members will receive a 20% discount...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2012 1:48 PM
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'Last Vegas' Production Begins with Douglas, De Niro, Freeman & Kline -- Over the Hill 'Hangover'?

Production has started on John Turtletaub's comedy "Last Vegas," starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as aging buddies who throw a Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 1:15 PM
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Export Company Roskino Brings Russia to AFM; Oscar Entry 'White Tiger' & Bestselling Adaptation 'Generation P,' Gravitas Hulu Package

Roskino, Russia's only state-run organization in charge of promoting and exporting Russian films internationally, has brought a selection of titles to this year's AFM (October 31 - November7). Roundup is below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 12:41 PM
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Weekend Recap: Jude Law, Kristen Stewart, John Cusack as Limbaugh

Kristen Stewart, who walked L.A.'s AFI FEST red carpet for water Salles' "On the Road" this weekend, is looking at life after "Twilight." She's joining Ben Affleck in "Focus," about an experienced con-man and his romantic relationship with a rookie schemer. Written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers of "Crazy, Stupid, Love," the movie was originally set up as another Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone love story.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 5, 2012 12:13 PM
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Weekly Wrap: AFI FEST & AFM Begin, Hurricane Sandy, Disney Takes LucasFilm, Oscar Talk & More

This week on TOH!, we covered the start of both AFI Fest (with "Hitchcock" as the opening night film) and AFM, we followed Hurricane Sandy's violent effects on the Northeast, looked at Disney's major purchase of Lucasfilm and much more!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 8:34 PM
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Hurricane Sandy Hurts NYC Indie Film World: Studios, Rep Theatres

As if independent film isn't up against enough already. The indie film world in New York City has taken a battering since the violent arrival of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, with various Manhattan-based headquarters wading through flooding and power outages at the moment when Oscar season planning should be ramping up. The Tribeca offices for Indiewire/Snagfilms have been without power and shuttered all week with staffers working remotely; they are expected to reopen on Monday, November 5.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 3:43 PM
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AFM, Day Two: Connelly & Murphy Set to Star in Peruvian Oscar Nominee Claudia Llosa's 'Cry/Fly'

Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy are attached to star in "Cry/Fly," the first English-language film by Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (2010's Best Foreign-Language nominee and Berlin Golden Bear winner "The Milk of Sorrow").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 1:48 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Plus Charters, Müller & Clark

The 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards will recognize cinematographers Dean Semler, Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark at their February 10 event. Semler will be honored with the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increasing trend of companies (in this case Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Entertainment) starting to reveal heretofore hidden pay-per-view sales figures, as VOD becomes more relevant to independent film profit and distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' with Fiennes, Norton, Wilson, Brody & Law

Saoirse Ronan will play the female lead in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." She joins a group of Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Owen Wilson ("The Royal Tenanbaums," "The Darjeeling Limited") and Adrien Brody ("Darjeeling") as well as first timers Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 12:43 PM
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